At HARMAN, we know the key to being a leader in the connected technologies space depends on our talent paving the way for disruptive innovation. HARMAN is committed to continuing to roll out strategic learning initiatives aimed at developing our talent as we work toward our ambitious collective goals.

Most recently, HARMAN University and the Global Talent Management team piloted the Enterprise Leaders Program (ELP) in partnership with IESE Business School, the top-ranking executive education institution in the world. Thirty HARMAN leaders from a wide variety of business units and geographic locations participated in the two-day pilot. 

The program was designed to inspire our leaders and to foster a mindset necessary to cement HARMAN’s reputation as an innovation leader. Participants were focused on understanding how digital transformation is taking shape in the technology industry and shaking up traditional business models, as well as learning about strategies to drive breakthrough innovation and methods to implement strategic change across organizations.

Javier Zamora, Professor of Information Systems at IESE Business School, kicked off the program by igniting the participants’ disruptive and innovative spirit. On the second day, Massimo Maoret, Professor of Strategic Management at IESE, enhanced participants’ abilities as leaders by encouraging them to instill a sense of urgency in their teams to drive change.

“The course was a great wake up call to the speed and necessity of transformational change in our business and industries. The learnings were supported by compelling examples around digital density, speed and low-cost innovation,” said Bill Wyman, VP of Car Audio Marketing. “I also valued the opportunity to participate in the case study method where we practiced making executive decisions to bring about a desired change.” 

Katrin Schneider, VP of Engineering Quality & Operations, Engineering / R&D and Hungry Tiger member added, “I gained indispensable insight into the trends and opportunities that are driving our industry today. As a result of the program, I am now better equipped to detect opportunities and then act on them. This not only benefits me professionally, but also benefits my team and HARMAN as a whole.”

Based on the success of the ELP pilot, HARMAN plans to launch additional editions of the program in 2019, demonstrating continued dedication to learning and development at all levels of the company, including leadership and executives.